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Topic tags/keywords: dw735 planning maple

I have a piece of maple 1.75” thick x 7’ wide x 38” long. It has a slight cup to it, but not much. My question is: Can I plane it directly using my DW735 planer? I know that, ideally, I need to shim up the board to take out all of the “rock” before planning the first side. But surely a board that stout won’t be forced down flat by the infeed / outfeed rollers!

Or will it? What’s been your experience?

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#1 posted 303 days ago

It won’t be forced down flat, but it will rock over to whatever point it balances when going through the planer. So it still won’t be flattened, but it will be smoothed up (mostly) on the planed side. It might also put a lot of pressure on the planer as it does that rocking.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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#2 posted 302 days ago

Before you do anything, check for twist on the concave side with winding sticks. Correct any winding with a hand plane before putting it thru the planer.

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#3 posted 302 days ago

No power planer here, just wondering. Won’t you have a good chance of planing twist (wind) into it if you don’t shim it? That’s what I see happening if you letter rip through without shims or doing renner’s method.

I guess it depends on what you mean by slight. What side were you planning on putting upwards?

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#4 posted 302 days ago

If there is any twist in the board it will still be there after planing.

-- Your failures do not take away your possibilities.

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#5 posted 302 days ago


Thanks for the tips. Now that I’ve given it more thought, I’ve decided to use a sled and shim up the piece using wedges, secured in place with hot glue.

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#6 posted 300 days ago

Jim…The recommended method is to run the board across a jointer to create one ‘true’ flat side then run it through your planer to ‘true’ the opposite side.

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#7 posted 300 days ago

Jim, the sled trick will certainly work. Just take light cuts.


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